Best of Macros 2017: Cheng-Hui Li

Cheng-Hui Li is an Associate Professor at Nanjing University, P. R. China. He received his B.S. degree in environmental engineering from Nanchang University (P. R. China) in 2002, and Ph.D. degree in inorganic chemistry from Nanjing University (P. R. China) in 2007. From 2005 to 2006 and in 2008, he worked as a research assistant with Professor Chi-Ming Che at The University of Hong Kong. From 2013 to 2014, he worked as a visiting scholar with Professor Zhenan Bao at Stanford University. His current research focus is on functional materials based on dynamic coordination bonds.

His article “A Highly Stretchable and Autonomous Self-Healing Polymer Based on Combination of Pt···Pt and π–π Interactions” in Macromolecular Rapid Communications, published with Zhenan Bao, has been selected for this year’s Best of Macros.

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What fields did you study? My research field is coordination chemistry. I’m now trying to incorporate dynamic coordination bonds into the polymer matrix to develop novel functional materials like self-healing materials and shape-memory materials.

How was your experience in publishing with Macromolecular Rapid Communications? I have published two papers in Macromolecular Rapid Communications (MRC) this year. The peer review process is rapid and professional while the editorial decisions are fair and impartial. MRC would be my preferred choice for the publication of my future studies.

What is the most significant result of this study? This study represents the first example where attractive metallophilic interactions are utilized to design self-healing materials.

What new scientific problems does this work raise? A new scientific problem that we are now working on is: how to characterize and control the dynamic crosslinking interactions in a polymer matrix?

How did the collaboration on this project start? This project was initiated when I worked in Professor Zhenan Bao’s group at Stanford University as a visiting scholar. We conceived the idea of utilizing the molecular interactions between cyclometalated platinum(II) complexes to derive highly stretchable and autonomous self-healing materials.

I am waiting for the day whenthe secrets of life are discovered.

My favorite molecules are… porphyrin and phthalocyanine.

A Highly Stretchable and Autonomous Self-Healing Polymer Based on Combination of Pt···Pt and π–π Interactions
Jin-Feng Mei, Xiao-Yong Jia, Jian-Cheng Lai, Yang Sun, Cheng-Hui Li,* Jun-Hua Wu, Yi Cao, Xiao-Zeng You,* Zhenan Bao*
Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2016, 37, 1667–1675
DOI: 10.1002/marc.201600428

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